Take your bike to work

Gov. Sean Parnell has proclaimed May as Bike Month, with May 16-20th as Bike Week. To celebrate, Alaska Safe Routes to School has organized a few events to support healthy lifestyles and the Juneau biking community.

Friday is the official Bike to Work and School Day. To kick off the weekend there will be a free movie that day at Gold Town Nickelodeon theater starting at 5:30 p.m.

The film is a 45-minute, award-winning documentary titled “Take a Seat”, in which Dominic Gill embarks on a quest to bike from Prudhoe Bay down to the tip of South America on a tandem bicycle.

Dominic’s unique journey is enriched through this mode of transportation as he bikes down from the north coast, meeting strangers along the way who ride with him on his tandem to help him achieve his goal.

Attendees of the movie are strongly encouraged to bike in celebration of Bike to School and Work Week, as there will be valet bicycle parking available.

On Sunday, May 22, Safe Routes to schools will be sponsoring a Bike Rodeo held from 1-4 p.m. in Thunder Mountain High School’s back parking lot. Other sponsors of the bike rodeo include the Juneau Freewheelers, Cycle Alaska, the Alaska Department of Transportation, and the City and Borough of Juneau.

Participants will learn bike safety skills and laws in new and fun ways while being in the great outdoors. A bike mechanic will be available on-site for quick bike-checks before the activities begin.

Kids of all ages are welcome, though they are asked to bring a working bicycle, helmet, a parent or guardian to accompany them, and of course — an enthusiasm to learn how they might better and more safely enjoy their cycling experience!

• Darling is a program and resource specialist in charge of the Safe Routes to School program for the Alaska Department of Transportation.

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